The M.A. Development Studies has a specific focus on development studies and issues around global justice.

It aims at professionalizing those already working in develop­ment or others for whom an e-learning program seems more fitting. It offers a solid academic base in the field of development studies.

Students learn about relevant theories that are nec­essary to critically reflect on current practices in the field of development aid. Practical competencies are furthered through courses such as project planning, monitoring and evaluation. Academic competencies in research methods and writing skills enable a continuation in a scientific career.

Stemming from the diversity of the student body, the specific worth of the program lies in the oppor­tunity to literally assess international issues through virtual co-learning with students from across the globe.

Application period for online studies:

November 1 to January 31



Start of courses:

summer term: Mid of March







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  • Theories of Development
  • Development Industry and Legacy
  • Development Economics
  • Poverty Analysis and Social Protection
  • Global Public Health
  • Religion and Development
  • International Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Methods of Empirical Social Research (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Academic Writing and Rhetoric and Presentation Skills
  • Planning, Management and Evaluation of Development Projects
  • Disaster Management and Response
  • Sustainability, Degrowth and Resource Politics
  • Globalization and Global Governance
  • Migration and Development
  • Gender Intersectionality and Development
  • Land Use, Land Rights and Development
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Research-Oriented Master Thesis

A specialization in an area of concentration is possible.


Kwaku Arhin-Sam

M.A. B.Ed.
Leiter | Friedensau Institute for Evaluation
Dozent für International Social Sciences

Telefon: +49 (0) 3921-916-144
Fax: +49 (0) 3921-916-201

An der Ihle 5
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Jill Philine Blau
Dr. phil.

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Telefon: + 49 (0) 3921 916-153
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201

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39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Daniel Bendix
Prof. Dr.

Ph.D. (University of Manchester, UK)
Dozent für Development Studies

Telefon: +49 (0) 3921 916-203
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201

An der Ihle 5 A
D-39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Ulrike Schultz
Prof. Dr. rer. pol.

Prodekanin Fachbereich Christliches Sozialwesen
Studiengangsleiterin International Social Sciences (Development Studies)
Dozentin für Entwicklungssoziologie und -ökonomie

Telefon: +49 (0) 3921 916-193
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201

An der Ihle 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Thomas Spiegler
Prof. Dr. phil.

Professor für Soziologie und empirische Sozialforschung
Dekan Fachbereich Christliches Sozialwesen

Telefon: +49 (0) 3921 916-151
Fax: +49 (0) 3921 916-201

An der Ihre 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Annette Witherspoon

Lehrbeauftragte International Social Sciences

Telefon: 03921 916-150
Fax: 03921 916-201

An der Ihle 5 A
39291 Möckern-Friedensau


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor degree in social sciences, humanities or other related fields
  • English proficiency test (e.g. TOEFL) or a Bachelor degree taught in English
  • Experience in development cooperation

Time Frame

  • 6 semesters / 3 years (120 credit points)
  • E-learning modules only
  • Courses will start in Summer Semester
  • Language: English

Tuition Fees

  • 1999,-- EUR per semester


Application period November-January, batch always starts in March.


Icon FragezeichenIs this online program and degree accredited?

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The MA Development Studies (part-time) offers the study program of the accredited MA International Social Sciences (Development Studies) as part-time distance learning for students with relevant professional experience.

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It is not possible to accelerate the duration of the study. In case you have studied some similar courses, an accreditation of the courses can be discussed.

Icon FragezeichenDo you offer scholarship for the MA Development study program?

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We do not offer scholarships for our part-time program. However, there is a reduction for the program for early birds.  The Early Bird reduction is for students who have received admission before 31st Jan 2021. Students that register for 2021 will only pay 50% of the tuition fee for first two semesters.

Icon FragezeichenHow is the classroom structured?

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The Master Development Studies is based on a combination of synchronous and asynchronous teaching methods.  The synchronous classes are facilitated through the platform zoom.

For the asynchronous teaching, we use the leaning-platform Moodle.

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Students should plan to be available to study between 10–15 hours per week. Most of the studying will be self-paced, but the students should be available for the synchronous session. These will be coordinated depending on the time zones of the students in the program.

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To ensure the quality course delivery, online courses have an enrollment of about 10–15 students.

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We use Moodle as our learning platform, a virtual portal where students can view the syllabus and grades; contact professors, classmates and support services; access course materials; and monitor their progress on lessons.

This platform is where students find their individual assignments. For each individual assignment, the lecturer gives personal feedback. Forum discussions and other interactive forms where the students get the opportunity to interact complement this.

Most instructors utilize Zoom or Skype for class chats or conference calls.

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In general, students should expect assignments similar to in-class programs, such as research papers and proctored exams in addition to online-specific assignments such as responding to professor-posed questions in a discussion board. Standard assignments include reading the course text and additional materials, active participation in online discussions, quizzes, writing papers etc.

Icon FragezeichenHow much time should I expected this program to entail a week?

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Students are expected to spend 10 to 15 hours a week on coursework. This varies depending on the individuals background and skills. Do not expect your course to be easier just because it is online.

Icon FragezeichenIs the material available online from the beginning till end?

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All must and additional readings are available online during the semester and students will receive virtual access to the universities library.

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Yes, also virtual group assignments are part of the coursework.

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The grading is based on continuous assessment and a final term assessment, which is either in the form of a term paper, a presentation or an oral exam. This varies depending on the course.

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Professors are very accessible and responsive to students. Students and instructors communicate primarily through the platform moodle in online courses. Most instructors also utilize Zoom  for class chats or conference calls.

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Students are expected to be confident with their skills regarding standard computer applications for completion of your coursework and have sufficient internet access for a zoom class.

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If you want to apply for this program, please contact Dr. Jill Blau, Head of study program Development Studies.

Jill Philine Blau
Dr. phil.

Telefon: + 49 (0) 3921 916-153

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